The Family as an Agent of Peace in a Turbulent World.
11:30-12:30 Panel 3: The Family as an Agent of Peace in a Turbulent World.
(Hall 2) – EN 🎧 ES, IT
Moderator: Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, USA.
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• Dr Monica Mc Williams, Academic and Former Politician, Ireland (North) - Text available for download here
• Senator George Mitchell
• Fr Michael Shields, Aid to the Church in Need, USA
• David Livingstone, Salt & Light Uganda Organisation
• Justin Kilcullen, Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness and former Executive Director of Trócaire
‘Christian marriages thus enliven society by their witness of fraternity, their social concern, their outspokenness on behalf of the underprivileged, their luminous faith and their active hope.’ (AL.184). This panel discusses how families can act as agents of peace in the world.
Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, USA.
Carl A. Anderson became Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus in 2000. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him to the Pontifical Academy for Life. Previously he was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. He addressed World Meetings of Families in Mexico City (2009), Valencia (2006) and Manila (2003) as well as the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin (2012). He is a consultant to the U. S. Bishops Conference committees on pro-life, religious liberty, marriage and family, and against racism. In 2015 he was awarded the Evangelium Vitae Award by the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World (2008). Mr. Anderson holds degrees in philosophy and law. He and his wife Dorian are the parents of 5 and grandparents of 10.
Senator George Mitchell
David Livingstone, Salt & Light Uganda Organisation
David Livingstone is from Uganda. Aged 15 years, he was abducted from his school in Kitgum by the rebel militia known as “the Lord’s Resistance Army”. After six months, he escaped captivity but was accused of being a spy for LRA and spent six months in prison. He began a new life in Kampala, where he found Christian faith. He trained as a carpenter. Before long, he was asked to return to the conflict area and help support people there. In Kitgum, he worked with Childcare International, a charity caring for children who needed education. He also provided counsel and support for those who had been abducted by the rebels, and began radio broadcasting on ‘Peace Radio’. David also worked in the camps for displaced people, which housed about 90% of the population. David founded an NGO, Salt & Light Uganda, which provides education rural projects, and medical support.
Dr Monica Mc Williams, Academic and Former Politician, Ireland (North)
Justin Kilcullen, Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness and former Executive Director of Trócaire
Justin Kilcullen worked for Trócaire for thirty two years, including twenty years as CEO. He left Trocaire in 2013 and retrained as an Executive and Business Coach. He mentors senior managers in the not –for –profit sector, in Ireland and internationally. He is Chair of Social Justice Ireland and St. Anne’s primary school, Shankill and is a board member of other voluntary organisations including Misean Cara. He is Convenor of SAGE - Shankill Action for a Green Earth, an ecumenical community initiative to promote Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si at parish and community level. Born in Dublin, Justin graduated from UCD in architecture. He worked in Tanzania, designing low-cost housing, in Belfast working on inner city social housing, and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, constructing refugee camps in Cambodia. He was awarded the International Union of Architects medal for the promotion of human settlements (2002).
Fr. Michael Shields has been a priest for 36 years. He was ordained in Alaska but now ministers in Magadan, Far East Siberia, at a small mission parish of 150 deeply prayerful Russians. At first there were three priests, but now Fr. Michael ministers alone, and the nearest Catholic priest is over 500 miles away. His spirituality is that of Bl. Charles de Foucauld, consisting of frequent contemplative prayer, especially in front of our Eucharistic Lord. Once a week he spends a full 24-hour day in prayer in a small hermitage he and his friends built.